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Danger Close

Commanding 3 Para in Afghanistan
Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

3 PARA was the first unit into Helmand in 2006. Sent on a peace mission, it became engaged in a level of combat that had not been experienced by the British Army since the end of the Korean War.

Undermanned and suffering from equipment shortages, 3 PARA fought doggedly to win the break in battle. Numerous gallantry decorations were awarded, but they were not without cost.

This is a dramatic, and often moving, insight into the leadership of soldiers at the sharp end of war.

©2009 Colonel Stuart Tootal (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Honest and accurate

I was part of the battle group in 2006 and fought along some of the brave men mentioned and those not. I have seen first hand Col Stuart's hands on approach in battle and can testify that I have never read a book as honest and true to the accounts of that tour as this. I commend the book to anyone who wants to have a sense of those days in Helmand.

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Good book read by wrong style narrator

What did you like best about Danger Close? What did you like least?

True story written by someone on the ground, he's someone who leads from the front and has been there and done it. I bought a paper copy due to the narration.

Would you recommend Danger Close to your friends? Why or why not?

In book format yes. In audio book format, no.

What didn’t you like about Simon Shepherd’s performance?

I couldn't get into the book and I had to stop listening to it after a few chapters due to the narration.Simon Shepard is very clear in his reading but I’m sorry his voice just doesn't suit this type genre, he would more suited to something like hamlet, have a listen and you will get my point.When the book or any book describes rounds going off or comrades being killed and injured, some narrators put you right there, they have you on the edge of your seat. Listen to Apache by Ed Macy narrated Sam Hazeldine and you'll see what I mean, The story is great and the Narration is awesome.

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After reading the book in paper format, it's a good book I enjoyed it. The audio book is let down by the narration. Although clear and well spoken (very posh accent) when you're describing combat you need some grit. if this was read by Sam Hazledine i would have given it full marks.

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Score not a reflection of story

I only gave this book low scores because i didn't get past chapter 4. I can't rate whole book on what ive heard so far. The narration is rubbish. Monotone, dreary. The blokes are underfire and the author has a duty of care to keep his men alive. Very few of us can imagine the stress he must have been under but the narrator sounds like he is reading a recipe for bread, dull as dishwater. I am going to buy the kindle version though. One negative about the actual story is the acronyms in the early chapters, i couldn't keep up with them all.

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Tough listen

Reasonable account of brave men fighting like lions. Sadly pretty much murdered by the narration.

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A fantastic insight

A fantastic insight into the world of commanding a British Army regiment. I am very proud of the professionalism and commitment of our troops. It is a shame they don't get the lasting support they deserve from our government. Maybe the best modern war book i have read

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excellent book

overall excellent, I found the narrator a bit annoying to begin with, but we'll worth a listen, found the book itself to be informative and a very good listen/ read

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3 Para in Afghanistan

I really liked this book, it doesn't pull any punches about serving in Afghanistan, and the one thing I take from this book, is how incredibly lucky 3 Para were in not losing more men! considering the amount of stuff that was fired at them! Recommended

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Excellent Story, Terrible Narrator

I'm only 5 chapters in but it has been excellent so far - but the narrator is ruining it! By the sounds of it, the author might be slightly well off (boarding school) but I think this narrator was an extremely poor choice. In one chapter he even repeats the same sentence twice, with different emphasis on words than before - reflective of the poor performance he gives overall. He sounds less like a battle-hardened commander and more like a bemused Waitrose customer whose closest experience to combat was standing next to a confetti cannon. I am determined to listen to the whole story, but this narrator compelled me to review this now.

Upmost respect for our troops and the work they do and I recommend buying the book to appreciate fully this fine work. The narrator really isn't very well picked nor is his performance at all scrutinised.

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Fantastic insight to 3 Para

A very moving read Into the lives of the paras who served in Afghanistan on there first tour and an officer who loved his Tom,s .

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great snapshot of multiple conflicts

it was a good overview of 3 para battle group of operations, again a few errors in reading 338 caliber somtimes was stated as 388.